With Radiant Energy Sensitive Control Means Patents (Class 315/149)
  • Patent number: 11064597
    Abstract: A system includes a control device and a plurality of lighting fixtures configured to receive power through the control device. Each lighting fixture includes a receiver and a memory, and is configured to: scan for a first message transmitted by the control device, the first message containing a unique identifier of the control device; receive the first message and store the unique identifier of the control device in the memory; sense a power interrupt to the lighting fixture initiated by the control device within a specified period of time after receipt of the first message from the control device; and transmit a second message including the unique identifier of the control device, the second message indicating that the lighting fixture is in a provisioning mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: ABL IP Holding LLC
    Inventors: Ryan A. Zaveruha, Robert W. Hamlin
  • Patent number: 11035562
    Abstract: One embodiment can provide a light switch module for controlling at least one light source coupled to the light switch module. The light switch module can include a manual control configured to receive a user manual operation; a control-signal-receiving module configured to receive, from a central controller, a control signal; and a switch-mode-configuration module coupled to the manual control and the control-signal-receiving module. The switch-mode-configuration module is configured to place the light switch in a first operation mode in response to receiving the control signal and place the light switch in a second operation mode in response to not receiving the control signal within a predetermined time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: BrainofT Inc.
    Inventors: Deng Deng, Ashutosh Saxena
  • Patent number: 11038708
    Abstract: A controller handles control events in a system of networked home devices by: receiving a signal indicative of a control event, which is an actuation of a user input device; and in response, determining whether to perform a control function associated with a networked home device, that determination being made in dependence on a state of interaction between that device and a physical environment in which it is located at a time of the control event. If the control function is performed in response to the control event, it causes the networked home device to perform an action that changes the state of interaction between that device and the physical environment in which it is located. Otherwise, the controller causes another control function associated with a different networked home device of the system to be performed in response to the control event instead.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Jonathan David Mason, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Huon Urbald Ogier Norbert Van De Laarschot
  • Patent number: 11016459
    Abstract: Provided is a control loop and method for monitoring control loops to ensure low cost of commissioning. The method includes collecting a measurement data set from a sensor, determining a state of connectivity of the sensor, selecting parameters based on the state of the connectivity, and/or performing logical operations to evaluate the measurement data set from the sensor. The control loop is configured to determine the measured state of connectivity and determine if action is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: Ubicquia IQ LLC
    Inventor: Gleb Geguine
  • Patent number: 10932343
    Abstract: A protection system and operating method thereof promotes the longevity of components of a control subsystem. The protection apparatus may include a first connector for connecting to the control system and a second connector for connecting to a target system. The protection apparatus detects states of a component of the control subsystem over time and causes a state transition of a switching circuit of the protection apparatus based on the detected states of the control subsystem. The state transition of the switching circuit of the protection system may be initiated after a defined period of time has elapsed after detecting states of the control subsystem component. The state transition of the switching circuit may be a transition between an open state in which power is not provided to a node of the second connector and a closed state in which power is provided to the node of the second connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: EXPRESS IMAGING SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: William G. Reed, Dale H. DeGraff, Richard Dolf, Donald Arthur Vendetti
  • Patent number: 10919643
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aircraft lighting system disposed in an environment of an aircraft. The system includes a housing. The system includes an illumination element disposed within the housing. The system includes energy generation circuitry configured to generate electricity from the environment. The system includes switching circuitry including a driver operable to control illumination of the illumination element and operated with a driver voltage. The system includes energy harvesting circuitry including a regulator configured to draw energy from the energy generation circuitry and output a regulator voltage at the driver voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Elangovan Palaniappan
  • Patent number: 10912170
    Abstract: A lighting fixture includes a solid-state light source and control circuitry. The control circuitry is configured to receive one or more ambient light level measurements corresponding to the amount of ambient light detected by an ambient light sensor, and determine a range of values for the one or more ambient light level measurements corresponding to a desired amount of light detected by the ambient light sensor. The control circuitry is then configured to drive the solid-state light source such that the one or more ambient light level measurements received from the ambient light sensor fall within the determined range of values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries Lighting LLC
    Inventor: Daniel J. Pope
  • Patent number: 10902718
    Abstract: A wireless control device may include a housing, a yoke, an antenna, a communication circuit, and a control circuit. The yoke may be electrically conductive and be configured to mount the wireless control device to an electrical wallbox. The antenna may be configured to transmit and receive radio frequency signals. The antenna may be a slot antenna. The communication circuit may be configured to transmit and receive the radio-frequency signals via the antenna, and the control circuit may be responsive to the communication circuit (e.g., the signals received via the communication circuit). The control device may also include a conductive component that is attached to a front surface of the housing. For example, the conductive component may be electrically connected to the yoke via a single electrical connection (e.g., a screw). Further, the conductive component may be parallel with the antenna and configured to be capacitively coupled to the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Richard S. Camden, Donald R. Mosebrook, William T. Shivell, Amy E. Yanek
  • Patent number: 10889387
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aircraft lighting system disposed in an environment of an aircraft. The system includes a housing. The system includes an illumination element disposed within the housing. The system includes energy generation circuitry configured to generate electricity from the environment. The system includes switching circuitry including a driver operable to control illumination of the illumination element and operated with a driver voltage. The system includes energy harvesting circuitry including a regulator configured to draw energy from the energy generation circuitry and output a regulator voltage at the driver voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: GOODRICH CORPORATION
    Inventor: Elangovan Palaniappan
  • Patent number: 10887970
    Abstract: A daylight harvesting system includes a daylight harvester device that distinguishes the natural and artificial contributions to the light in a workspace. Distinguishing the contributions allows the values of the contributions to be combined in ways other than linearly summing them to obtain the total light. For example, when the natural light increases, the artificial light may be reduced by less than the natural-light increase to mitigate glare and/or shadows and other artifacts that might otherwise be present and objectionable. The daylight harvesting system can include a human-based sensor located in a workspace, e.g., on or close to a user, so the measurements it takes are not adversely affected by spatial variations across a room in the natural and artificial lighting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Erik Page & Associates, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Russell Page
  • Patent number: 10858886
    Abstract: A smart window controller includes circuitry configured to establish a representative model of one or more building zones based on occupancy, construction, lighting, or cooling properties of a building. A lighting control strategy is implemented for the one or more building zones based on the representative model or one or more user preferences input at a first user interface screen of an external device. Automatic operations of one or more smart windows, cooling systems, or artificial lighting systems are controlled based on trigger points associated with the lighting control strategy, and a performance level of the lighting control strategy for the one or more building zones is determined based on one or more predetermined financial metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Mohammed Abdul Fasi, Ismail Mohammad Budaiwi
  • Patent number: 10851586
    Abstract: A smart window controller includes circuitry configured to establish a representative model of one or more building zones based on occupancy, construction, lighting, or cooling properties of a building. A lighting control strategy is implemented for the one or more building zones based on the representative model or one or more user preferences input at a first user interface screen of an external device. Automatic operations of one or more smart windows, cooling systems, or artificial lighting systems are controlled based on trigger points associated with the lighting control strategy, and a performance level of the lighting control strategy for the one or more building zones is determined based on one or more predetermined financial metrics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
    Inventors: Mohammed Abdul Fasi, Ismail Mohammad Budaiwi
  • Patent number: 10824179
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an adapter to connect an industry-standard low-voltage thermostat to a central HVAC system that may be a two-pipe system with a mains-voltage fan-coil unit that is equipped with a usage counter which may be read out wirelessly. Through the same wireless connection, the adapter may respond to changes in the price of electricity. Additional embodiments add features to the usage counter and communication capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Oliver Markus Haynold
  • Patent number: 10826250
    Abstract: A power cord is described that includes “in-line” power control functionality. The power control functionality may selectively enable or disable a flow of electrical current through the power cord and/or selectively control an amount of electrical current that is permitted to flow through the power cord. The power control functionality may be activated and/or controlled through the receipt of control signals from an external device. The power cord may be configured to monitor the state of an electronic device to which it is connected and selectively activate and/or modify the operation of the power control functionality in response to the detection of a particular state of the electronic device. The power cord may also be configured to receive and analyze sensor data, and based at least on the analysis, selectively activate and/or modify the operation of the power control functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventor: John J. Siegler
  • Patent number: 10805551
    Abstract: A method for photographing images, applied to a mobile terminal having a source, the method including: obtaining a current ambient light intensity; determining a target luminous intensity based on the current ambient light intensity, wherein the target luminous intensity is a luminous intensity of the light source upon a photographing operation is performed; and controlling the light source to emit light according to the target luminous intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOFTWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Heng Sun, Zhehong Lin
  • Patent number: 10785853
    Abstract: The invention relates to an operating device for operating at least one lighting means comprising a grid input stage and at least one output stage connected to the grid input stage with output connections for connection to the lighting means, a control device for controlling the output stage or operation of the at least one lighting means, and a first digital bidirectional control interface for connection to a first external digital control bus with addressing functionality for receiving external control information, in particular a DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) interface. The operating device according to the invention is characterized in that it comprises a second digital bidirectional control interface for connection to a second external (in relation to operating device) digital control bus with addressing functionality, wherein first and second control interfaces are designed for operation with different data protocols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: BAG ELECTRONICS GMBH
    Inventors: Guido Nattkemper, Wolfgang Michaelis, Thomas Kremer
  • Patent number: 10775235
    Abstract: A lighting unit (10) for estimating an amount of daylight in a lighting environment includes: a light source (12); a filter (330) configured to block incident light in a first wavelength range, the incident light comprising both daylight and non-daylight incident light; a camera (32) configured to receive the filtered incident light and generate a detection signal (342), the filtered incident light being outside the first wavelength range; and a controller (22) in communication with the camera and configured to process the detection signal to estimate the amount of daylight incident light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Ruben Rajagopalan, Harry Broers
  • Patent number: 10772178
    Abstract: According to one aspect disclosed herein, there is provided a lighting control system for controlling one or more luminaires of a lighting system to illuminate an environment, the lighting control system comprising: an interface for sending control commands to the luminaires; an automation component configured to: automatically control, via the interface, the luminaires according to a set of one or more automation rules stored in a memory accessible by the lighting control system; and a suppression component configured to: process data pertaining to a user in the environment from at least one data source to monitor activity exhibited by the user in the environment; detect a condition of increased user stress based on the activity monitoring; identify at least one of the automation rules as a potential cause of the increased user stress; and suppress or modify the identified automation rule for at least one of the luminaires based thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Marjolein Dimmie Van Der Zwaag, Dzmitry Viktorovich Aliakseyeu, Jonathan David Mason, Philip Steven Newton, Remco Magielse
  • Patent number: 10748557
    Abstract: In described examples, a method for detecting voice activity includes: receiving a first input signal containing noise; sampling the first input signal to form noise samples; determining a first value corresponding to the noise samples; subsequently receiving a second input signal; sampling the second input signal to form second signal samples; determining a second value corresponding to the second signal samples; forming a ratio of the second value to the first value; comparing the ratio to a predetermined threshold value; and responsive to the comparing, indicating whether voice activity is detected in the second input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Ganesan Thiagarajan, Tarkesh Pande, David Patrick Magee
  • Patent number: 10732575
    Abstract: A clock comprises an alarm clock housing having a front face, a clock display occupying at least a portion of the front face, a control on the housing for activating a shade positioning function, and a processor within the housing. The processor is responsive to the control for generating at least one shade positioning command to be transmitted to at least one motorized window shade, so as to cause the motorized window shade to move to one or more position at one or more corresponding predetermined interval relative to an alarm time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: Erica Patton, Daniel Raneri
  • Patent number: 10706295
    Abstract: A system includes a light source configured to emit light in a wavelength in a visible range and a wavelength in an infrared range, and a vehicle including an infrared camera, and a computer programmed to identify an object based at least in part on an infrared image from the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Codrin Cionca, Helen Elizabeth Kourous-Harrigan, Jeffrey Thomas Remillard, Ankit Girish Vora, Lu Xu, Linjun Zhang
  • Patent number: 10707279
    Abstract: Provided is a method of sensing an illuminance in a passive matrix organic light emitting diode display, the display including a plurality of lower electrode patterns arranged in parallel, a plurality of transparent electrode patterns arranged in parallel and being perpendicular to the lower electrode patterns, and an organic compound layer interposed between the lower electrode pattern and the transparent electrode pattern, the method comprising steps of: (a) forming a predetermined voltage difference between at least one electrode patterns of the transparent electrode patterns as anodes and the lower electrode patterns as cathodes; (b) measuring the magnitude of current formed by the transparent electrode pattern and the lower electrode pattern in the step (a); and (c) measuring an illuminance using the measured current, in which a voltage supplied to the lower electrode pattern is relatively higher than that of the transparent electrode pattern in the step (a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Solomon Systech (Shenzhen) Limited
    Inventors: Hong Jae Jang, Hyung-Cheol Shin, Il-Hyun Yun, Wai Hon Ng, Yi Nok Chan, King Ho Cheung, Yip Fai Li
  • Patent number: 10694603
    Abstract: An LED driver circuit is disclosed. The LED driver circuit includes an amplifier having a first input coupled to receive a reference voltage and a second input coupled to receive a feedback voltage. The circuit further includes first and second transistors each having respective gate terminals coupled to an output of the first amplifier. In a first mode, a first switch alternately couples a source terminal of the first transistor to the second input of the amplifier (when the pulse is asserted) and a source terminal of the second transistor to the second input (when the pulse is de-asserted). A third transistor includes a gate terminal that is coupled to ground, by a second switch, when operating in the first mode. When operating in the second mode, the switch couples the third transistor to the output of the amplifier, while the pulse remains asserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Cristian Grecu, Bogdan-Eugen Matei, Angelo Bassi, Andrei-Cosmin Gaidam, Alessandro Molari
  • Patent number: 10694612
    Abstract: A load control system has a system controller and a plurality of load control devices which receive power from a utility power source. The load control system has at least one emergency load control device which receives power from a backup power source in the event of a power failure of the utility power source. The emergency load control device is configured to enter an emergency mode during the power failure of the utility power source, wherein in the emergency mode, the emergency load control device controls respective electrical loads according to emergency mode preset settings, and the emergency load control device transmits a message to the system controller to indicate the emergency load control device is in the emergency mode. The system controller is configured to transmit a message to the emergency load control device to exit the emergency mode when power from the utility power source is restored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventors: David J. Dolan, Jackson Burlew, Aditya Sreekumar, Andrew G. Rohm
  • Patent number: 10694598
    Abstract: A control device for power delivered to electrical loads in a load control system via respective load control devices may comprise a programming user interface for programming the operation of the load control system. The control device may be configured to select one or more load control devices in response to successive actuations of a programming button of the programming interface. The control device may be configured to controllably illuminate visual indicators of the programming interface to indicate which of the load control devices is selected in response to successive actuations of the programming button. The control device may transmit programming information to the load control devices. The programming information may determine which of the load control devices are responsive to a digital message transmitted on the digital communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Technology Company LLC
    Inventor: James P. Steiner
  • Patent number: 10672590
    Abstract: Frequency tuning for a matchless plasma source is described. To perform the frequency tuning, current is measured at an output of an amplification circuit of the matchless plasma source after a change in a frequency of operation of the matchless plasma source. Upon determining that the current has increased with the change in the frequency of operation, the frequency of operation is further changed until the current has decreased. When the current has decreased, the changed frequency of operation is further modified to be an operational frequency. When the matchless plasma source operates at the operational frequency, the current at the output of the amplification circuit is maximized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Lam Research Corporation
    Inventors: Maolin Long, Yuhou Wang, Ying Wu, Alex Paterson
  • Patent number: 10666455
    Abstract: Devices in a wireless network, such as wirelessly networked lighting devices, utilize two different types of radios, e.g. implementing two or more protocols such as Bluetooth and WiFi. Such radios operate in overlapping frequency bands of the RF spectrum. Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) of the two types of radio operations mitigates interference between the protocols competing in the spectrum overlap. In the examples with lighting devices, a driver of the light source provides a data bus that may be used as an auxiliary communications channel to implement TDM access by the radios to the overlapping frequency bands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ABL IP HOLDING LLC
    Inventors: Marc Saes, Sajin George, Yenpao Lu
  • Patent number: 10644871
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and storage media for synchronizing network devices are disclosed herein. An embodiment may include sending a control signal to each of multiple devices that have device operations that are perceptible together, the control signal to control the perceptible device operation of each device. Timing information may be received from each device indicating timing of perceptible operation of the device relative to the control signal. Synchronizing control signals may be determined from the timing information to control the device operations to be perceptibly synchronous, and the synchronizing control signals may be sent to the devices to provide perceptibly synchronous operation of them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: INTEL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Alexis Menard, Thiago J. Macieira
  • Patent number: 10624185
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to a lighting system for illuminating an area, specifically where the lighting system is adapted for automatic control of an illumination pattern based on previous user behavior and dependent on a current sunrise and sunset time at a physical location of the illumination system. The invention also relates to a corresponding method and a computer program product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: PLEJD AB
    Inventor: Babak Esfahani
  • Patent number: 10619415
    Abstract: Intelligent building control systems utilize sky information from a camera or cameras to facilitate control of building systems such as lighting, motorized window coverings, electrochromic glazings, HVAC systems, and so forth. Based on the sky information, interior lighting intensity and/or color temperature may be modified, for example in order to achieve a desired circadian effect for building occupants. In this manner, energy efficiency and occupant comfort and convenience are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: MECHOSHADE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen P. Hebeisen, Alex Greenspan, Joel Berman
  • Patent number: 10621836
    Abstract: An illumination system and method is provided for readily mapping a plurality of scenes along a dimcurve form a natural show for one or more groups of LED illumination devices. Mapping can be performed using a graphical user interface on a remote controller wirelessly linked to the illumination devices. A keypad is preferably configured for button control of changes to color temperature as a function of brightness along each of the various dimcurves for each of the various groups of illumination devices controlled by a corresponding keypad to allow momentary or persistent override and reprogram of the natural show. Modification to a scene further comprises modifications to scenes before and after the currently modified scene to provide a smoothing dimcurve modification. Global keypad can be used to control multiple zones arranged throughout a structure to switch between a natural show that emulates outdoor sunlight conditions to a panic show when an intruder is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lutron Ketra, LLC
    Inventors: Nav Sooch, Horace C. Ho, Rebecca Frank, Jason E. Lewis, Ryan Matthew Bocock
  • Patent number: 10619825
    Abstract: A sunlight-simulating sunlight lamp is provided, including a plurality of first LEDs, second LEDs and third LEDs installed on a printed circuit board in an even distribution; a holder provided with a control unit and a power supplier; and a lampshade made of a translucent material and mounted on the holder to form a space between the holder and the lampshade. The printed circuit board is received in the space. The plurality of first LEDs, second LEDs and third LEDs have respective color temperatures, and the control unit controls respectively the brightness of the plurality of first LEDs, second LEDs and third LEDs. The LED sunlight lamp provided can stimulate daylight of a day through changing the color temperature and brightness of the LEDs, making the lighting to be more like natural sunlight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AGU Baby AG
    Inventor: Andrei Hula
  • Patent number: 10601416
    Abstract: A gate drive device for driving a plurality of semiconductor devices connected in parallel to each other includes a constant current circuit, a plurality of switching element, and a drive controller. The constant current circuit supplies a constant current to respective gates of the plurality of semiconductor devices. The plurality of switching elements is respectively provided on a plurality of paths that connects the constant current circuit and the respective gates of the plurality of semiconductor devices. The drive controller controls driving of the plurality of switching elements to supply the constant current from the constant current circuit to the respective gates of the plurality of semiconductor devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yasutaka Senda
  • Patent number: 10571868
    Abstract: A system to interrupt the line or supply side power or charged system of any building, appliance, process, and the like, so as to render the system without charge or current output outside of the junction box/enclosure or equipment load supply connection so that emergency first responders or solar/any technician, authorized personnel in any field, system maintenance crew may avoid electrocution, chemical or machine/appliance hazard in the presence of fire, explosion, structural failure/compromise, moisture, flammables, caustics, hazmat, water stream, mist, fogging, physical damage or servicing of the system. The system can be engaged for any anticipated disaster such as fire, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Chuck McCune
  • Patent number: 10555390
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include a lighting fixture(s), a computer program product and a computer-implemented method that include program code executed by a processor(s) that obtains a request to implement a specified lighting pattern in the lighting fixture(s). Each lighting fixture includes effect lighting communicatively coupled to the processor(s) and functional lighting (oriented to illuminate a surface below the lighting fixture) communicatively coupled to the processor(s). The program code identifies the specified lighting pattern in a memory communicatively coupled to the processor(s), which includes a sequence for illuminating a portion of the effect lighting elements. The processor(s) executes the specified lighting pattern in the lighting fixture(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventors: Andrew Schuyler, Chad Recore, Gaetano Ling, Elger Oberwelz, Courtney Song, Tobias Toft, Aaron Wansch, Brian Wong, Joseph Fledderman
  • Patent number: 10548264
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for a horticultural light system for use in a greenhouse where aspects of ambient light in the greenhouse are measured and compared against a prescribed light recipe. A light controller commands a light fixture contained within the greenhouse to augment the ambient light in response to the comparison. Photosynthetic photon flux, light intensity, color temperature and color spectrum among other aspects of light generated by the light fixture are altered by the controller to fill in deficiencies of the ambient light as compared to the prescribed light recipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Illum Horticulture LLC
    Inventors: Stephen P. Adams, Darin M. Carpenter
  • Patent number: 10549167
    Abstract: A system, device, and method are provided herein for remotely trigger a light on an awareness article. In some embodiments, the awareness article is a vest used by football players where a plurality of awareness vests are in electronic communication with an electronic device. A coach can control activation of the light on each awareness vest such that, for example, a quarterback can throw a football to the person wearing the awareness vest with the activated light. Various other aspects of the system, device, and method are described herein, and other applications of the awareness vest can include other sports such as soccer and hockey, dog training such as hunting and schutzhund, and military training such as war games, target practice, and enemy identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Vision Group, LLC
    Inventor: Michael R. Moylen
  • Patent number: 10511339
    Abstract: A cell type power supply device includes: a housing having a shape and dimensions based on a cell standard; a cell holder including an inner positive terminal and an inner negative terminal that are brought into contact with front and rear terminals of the external cell held in the housing; an outer positive terminal connected to the inner positive terminal; an outer negative terminal connected to the inner negative terminal; an output transistor interposed between the inner negative terminal and the outer negative terminal or between the inner positive terminal and the outer positive terminal; a control circuit that generates a control signal of the output transistor in accordance with a signal received via an antenna; and a detection resister interposed between the inner negative terminal and the outer negative terminal or between the inner positive terminal and the outer positive terminal in parallel with the output transistor to change a voltage of the outer negative terminal or the outer positive termina
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: NOVARS INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Koyama, Akihiro Okabe, Tetsuya Nobe
  • Patent number: 10504350
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method including: detecting, using a motion detection device, a movement at a first location; responsive to the detecting, turning on at least one light source at the first location; and responsive to the detection, turning on at least one other light source at a second location; wherein the first location is separately networked from the second location. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Arnold S. Weksler, Nathan J. Peterson, John Carl Mese, Russell Speight VanBlon
  • Patent number: 10477646
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques are provided for operating a display and/or an illumination source based upon the direction of a user's gaze and/or a desired illumination level in a monitored area. One or more elements may be controlled with sensor input and application lighting preferences. For example, when a user receives a video call, light may be activated to illuminate their face. When the user is looking at the display, the display will be at the brightness necessary for the lighting conditions. When the user looks away from the screen, the screen may dim further and the lighting elements for the desk can brighten. Similarly, embodiments may adjust the lighting in a monitored location based upon lighting levels identified in other areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Universal Display Corporation
    Inventors: Emory Krall, Ruiqing Ma, Michael Hack, Eoin Billings, Duncan Jackson
  • Patent number: 10467967
    Abstract: A control circuit of a driving circuit of a backlight LED is provided. The driving circuit includes a DC/DC converter that supplies a driving current to the backlight LED. The control circuit includes a pulse signal generating circuit configured to switch between a quasi-resonant mode and a continuous current mode to generate a pulse signal based on a selected mode and a driver configured to drive the DC/DC converter based on the pulse signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ROHM CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masao Yonemaru, Kenichi Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 10468225
    Abstract: An electron source, e.g. for a free electron laser used for EUV lithography comprises: • a cathode (203) configured to be connected to a negative potential (100, 101); • a laser (110) configured to direct pulses of radiation onto the cathode so as to cause the cathode to emit bunches of electrons; • an RF booster (180) connected to an RF source and configured to accelerate the bunches of electrons; and • a timing corrector (303, 313, 400, 401) configured to correct the time of arrival of bunches of electrons at the RF booster relative to the RF voltage provided by the RF source. The timing corrector may comprise a correction electrode (303, 313) surrounding a path of the bunches of electrons from the cathode to the RF booster and a correction voltage source (400, 401) configured to apply a correction voltage to the correction electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: ASML Netherlands B.V.
    Inventors: Andrey Alexandrovich Nikipelov, Gerrit Jacobus Hendrik Brussaard, Wouter Joep Engelen
  • Patent number: 10440790
    Abstract: An electronic display system having an electronic display with illumination control, wherein illumination control may be based on one or both of the system operating temperature and a light ratio defined as the ratio of ambient light to light emitted by an illumination means of the electronic display. When adjusting the emitted light level of the illumination means, some exemplary system embodiments may consider temperature only, some embodiments may consider light ratio only, and some embodiments may consider both temperature and light ratio. Sensors may be provided to measure system operating temperature, as well as ambient light level and illumination means light output. Illumination control is provided by using a controller to adjust the output of a power source that supplies electrical energy to the illumination means if the temperature and/or light ratio falls outside of an acceptable range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Manufacturing Resources International, Inc.
    Inventors: William Dunn, John Schuch, David Williams
  • Patent number: 10412812
    Abstract: A street lamp controller comprises a switch configured to turn on and turn off a street lamp, a control module adapted to control the turning on and turning off of the switch, a detection module adapted to detect a data element relevant to operation of the street lamp, a data acquisition module connected to the detection module and adapted to acquire the data element detected by the detection module, and a wireless transmission module. The wireless transmission module communicates with a server and is adapted to transmit the data element acquired by the data acquisition module to the server and receive a control instruction sent from the server. The control module is adapted to communicate with the server via the wireless transmission module and is adapted to control the street lamp based on the control instruction received by the wireless transmission module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignees: Tyco Electronics (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., TE Connectivity Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Song Xue, Lizhang Yang, Michael John Baker, Andrew Jay Thompson
  • Patent number: 10386054
    Abstract: A device, system, and method for illumination of a bottle or other vessel. A bottle or vessel may be illuminated using lighting elements disposed in a label that is controlled by a detachable control unit which is configured to sit inside an indentation of the vessel or otherwise below the vessel. The control unit may communicate with other control units and may be configured to display lighting patterns in response to instructions that may be programmed prior to the control unit being attached to the vessel, or in response to instructions sent to the control unit after it has been attached to the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: Sky Capital Technology Limited
    Inventor: Leighton Makoto Ige
  • Patent number: 10386052
    Abstract: A luminaire includes a phosphor that emits non-coherent, visible light when excited, a laser diode that emits a laser beam to excite the phosphor, and a driver that outputs electrical DC power at or above the voltage level necessary to drive the laser diode. The current output from the driver to the laser diode is modulated with a code, preferably a random generated code. A visible light sensor detects light emitted from the phosphor and provides a feedback signal, which contains the code under normal operation. If the proper code is not detected in the feedback signal, power output to the laser diode is immediately ceased or reduced to a level safe for the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: TRIDONIC GMBH & CO KG
    Inventor: Karl Jonsson
  • Patent number: 10362654
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes first and second light emitting areas, a color temperature controller, and a balance circuit. The first light emitting area includes first light-emitting arrays connected in series and outputs light of a first color temperature. The second light emitting area includes second light-emitting arrays connected in series and connected to the first light emitting area in parallel. The second light-emitting arrays output light of a second color temperature different from the first color temperature. The color temperature controller is selectively connected to at least one of an input node of the first light emitting area and an input node of the second light emitting area. The color temperature controllers determines an on/off state of the first and second light emitting areas. The balance circuit is connected to at least one of the first and second light emitting areas in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Sang Cheol Bong, Min Soo Han, Hyun Jung Kim, Kil Yoan Chung
  • Patent number: 10349494
    Abstract: Lighting units, systems, and methods are described herein for determining whether occupancy detections are legitimate or not. Methods and systems are further described herein for powering down a network of power over ethernet (PoE) components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: SIGNIFY HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Jurgen Mario Vangeel, Mark Henricus Verberkt, Peter Fitski
  • Patent number: 10342102
    Abstract: A fixture configuration module comprises range control circuitry and fixture control circuitry. The range control circuitry is configured to store a range of a lighting parameter. The range identifies at least a subset of values of the lighting parameter supported by the light fixture to produce light. The fixture control circuitry is communicatively coupled to the range control circuitry and is configured to control the light fixture to produce the light in accordance with the range stored by the range control circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: CREE, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Bowser, John Roberts, Kory Liszt, Michael James Harris, Paul Pickard
  • Patent number: 10327303
    Abstract: A method for controlling a chromaticity of total light provided by a lighting system includes detecting the total light by a sensor system, determining a component of the total light that is attributable to uncontrolled light, and selecting a calibration for a sensor based on the uncontrolled light, and using the calibration to adjust the output of the sensor system. The calibration tables may be based on spectral responsivity of the sensors in the sensor system and calibration functions rather than physical light sources. Relative intensities of controllable light sources having different xy values are then adjusted to cause the total light provided by the lighting system to approximate a target chromaticity. A daylighting system implementing this method includes controllable light sources with different xy values. The intensities of the controllable light sources are adjusted to augment sunlight to control the chromaticity of total light provided by the daylighting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: OSRAM SYLVANIA Inc.
    Inventors: Bernhard Siessegger, Richard C. Garner, Helmar Adler